This update has been long overdue because the #BMW-540i-E39
is “finished” and has actually been enjoying some time off from the show scene for a while now, and not just this year because of the whole situation. As I type, it’s currently undergoing some rust repairs, because who would have thought that a 22-year-old, 120k-mile #BMW-E39
5 Series would suffer from any rust issues…? I also blame the E92 for the lack of #BMW-540i
updates and that’s because I have been slightly preoccupied with owning a supercharged M3, which I’m sure you can forgive me for… Still, better late than never, and I only have a couple of updates that I need to do to bring you up to speed with the major revisions on the car.
After my last update (a while back) talking about the colour change from Aspen silver to Midnight Purple I, the next major piece in the modding puzzle was the interior. When I bought my E39 it had an Aubergine leather interior and, true to its name, the leather did indeed look a lot like aubergine skin, being a very dark purple and I think it must have been a very, very rare leather option because while I don’t spend my days browsing E39s for sale, it’s certainly not a leather colour I’ve come across before or since. To be honest, I quite liked it, because it was different and I like purple anyway but while it worked with the purple-tinged Aspen paintwork, having two slightly different shades of purple on the inside and outside would have been a bit weird and, besides, I wanted something a bit special for the E39…
With that in mind, I approached Corbeau, the UK performance car seat company based in East Sussex. Corbeau has been around since 1963 and was actually the first motorsport seat manufacturer in the world, so when it comes to seats for your car, Corbeau definitely knows what it’s doing. While the E39’s optional, all-electric Comfort seats were very, well, comfortable, I wanted something sexier to go with the car’s new look and I wanted the interior redone in a different colour too. In terms of seats, Corbeau has some very sexy reclining buckets to choose from and from the moment I spotted the Sportline RRS seats, I knew they were the ones for me. They were the sort of seats that would, in my opinion, best suit the E39’s cabin as they look like what you might find in a modern high-performance German machine. There are two versions available and I was advised to take the low base version, which has lower thigh bolstering without being completely flat, which just makes it easier to get in and out. It also means the seats will suffer from less wear over time as you won’t be catching the outer bolster all the time and, with the E39 not being a full-on sports car and being very much a road-going build that only really gets driven to and from shows, the reduced seat base bolstering wouldn’t be missed. With the seats chosen it was time to pick a colour and I knew what I wanted: ever-so-slightly off-white leather with purple stitching to match the purple exterior and my interior trims, which were also painted in Midnight Purple I. That was my only request to Corbeau and I left everything else up to the incredibly skilled and talented team there to work their magic and let their creativity run riot.
Needless to say, Corbeau really delivered and the end result is simply stunning. The front seats, rear bench and door cards have all been trimmed in gorgeous off-white leather with purple stitching, just as my heart had desired, but Corbeau then went one step further, adding square perforations to mix things up as well as emulating the standard car’s three panel pattern on the door cards but adding a perforated section in the middle. The final flourish is the purple Corbeau logos not only on the front and back of the front seats, but they’ve also been added to the rear seats and the end result looks absolutely fantastic. Honestly, the whole interior looks absolutely incredible and every time I see it I still can’t quite get over how special it looks. The RRSs are fantastic, and not just because they look so awesome, but also because they are super comfortable despite their sporty appearance and I’ve spent many hours in them and have never suffered from any back or bum pain. They offer loads of shoulder and upper body support and it means I don’t miss the additional leg support I’d get from higher seat base bolsters at all. The low entry bases are great as I don’t have to worry about my legs rubbing them and my jeans staining them, so these seats really were the perfect choice for this build. The quality of the work and attention to detail throughout is absolutely incredible and I absolutely love the purple stitching, which adds the perfect contrast to the white leather and which ties everything in with the Midnight Purple trims and exterior, while the perforated sections just add that extra touch that makes the whole cabin look and feel even more special.
If you couldn’t tell, I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about the interior, the seats and the work that the team at Corbeau put into everything, and it blew me away the first time I saw it. At every show I’ve been to with the car, people always comment on the interior and it even won me the trophy for Best Interior at Vanity #BMW
a while back, which was the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. So, huge thanks to Corbeau for creating such an incredible interior, I couldn’t be happier.
THANKS Corbeau Seats corbeau-seats.com 01424 854499
Door cards have been trimmed to match Stunning Sportline RRS seats have been fitted. Corbeau text and logos have been added to the rear seats as well. Original Aubergine Interior. Purple stitching and square perforations look fantastic. Corbeau text and logos have been added to the rear seats as well.